Baguio Representative Mark Go recently filed House Bill 5442 which seeks to increase the bed capacity of Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) 500 to 800 beds.
The hospital’s annual statistics report reveals that every year, the hospital exceeds its bed occupancy due to its volume of admission. In 2015, its bed occupancy rate has reached 133.92% with a total admission of 37,022. In the following year, it exceeded 144.17% of its normal occupancy rate admitting a total of 37,577 patients.
The BGHMC is a 500-bed capacity tertiary medical and training center with medical ancillary services and a retained hospital under the national government. The hospital serves clients from the city of Baguio and its neighboring provinces in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Regions I and II.
Among the provisions of the proposed measure is the upgrading of the existing service facilities and professional health care services of the BGHMC to conform with and match the increase of bed capacity.
“Presently, BGHMC caters 80percent indigent patients including PhilHealth funded patients. As of February 2017, its bed capacity rate has reached to 114.32% with total in-patients of 16,005,” Go explained. “It is really urgent and imperative to increase BGHMC’s bed capacity to further enhance its capability of delivering public health services,” Go stressed.
Meanwhile, the lawmaker also filed a resolution congratulating and commending P/S Insp Erlinda Lavandia (Ret) of Baguio City for winning the gold medal in the javelin throw event during the 2017 Masters Athletics Indoor Championships held last March 19-25, 2017 in Daegu, South Korea.
Aside from being a senior athlete and a retired officer of the Philippine National Police, Lavandia also serves as a national coach for the Philippine Sports Commission. She has received several awards in the SEA games, Asian cups and other international invitational meets since 1997 and has a total of seven gold medals and two silver medals in the World Masters Athletics (WMA) alone. PR / ABN
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